Baker holds a Master of Science in journalism from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
When family members pass away, there is a lot of things to consider and a lot of paperwork to complete.
Dating, for a widower, can be an emotionally daunting step taken months or even years after his wife's death.
While it is a difficult step, a 1996 study by the University of California in San Diego found that romances or marriage after a spouse's death correlated with better psychological well-being than remaining single.
This might not be what you want to hear, but these are some of the things I've seen over the years. If you get too involved with a woman, you will be tempted to remarry fast, so move with caution. There are some very nice women out there, but some are much nicer than others.
As soon as you get the death certificate, it is a good idea to make several copies to send to various creditors and other relevant businesses on behalf of the deceased.
A sample letter is provided below: September 19, 2009 Credit Card Company, Inc.
Michael Baker has worked as a full-time journalist since 2002 and currently serves as editor for several travel-industry trade publications in New York.
He previously was a business reporter for "The Press of Atlantic City" in New Jersey and "The [Brazoria County] Facts" in Freeport, Texas.